While brainstorming for a new Footprint in Mouth cartoon, I looked over one I did four years ago when the Bali accord failed. Since then, Canada’s Great Fail has continued with Copenhagen in 2009 and Durban just this month. It brings to mind the old Violent Femmes song: Another year older and deeper in carbon debt – and as the effects of climate change worsen, our efforts to speed up its rate only intensify.
This cartoon was literally Swiftian. And burning babies is still Harper’s implicit policy, as he incinerates thier future, giving the world they’ll inherit an infinitesimally small priority compared to, say, putting more children in jail, in larger and ever-more Kafkaesque prisons, or filling the deep pockets of oil company shareholders. (True confession: I hold pension funds in the tar sands. Almost anyone who has a pension in Canada does – even those with so-called “ethical” mutual funds.)
This 2007 cartoon was timed for the holidays, right after the Bali conference. We face an even grimmer future after the fiasco of Durban.
(Below, the cartoon that led up to the one above.)